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Anti-Gay Tweet About Gareth Thomas Costs UK Footballer Lee Steele His Job

British footballer Lee Steele must’ve thought he was being funny when he tweeted about out rugby star Gareth Thomas.

“I wouldn’t fancy the bed next to Gareth Thomas. #padlock my a**e,” the Oxford City player  posted about Thomas, who’s currently starring in the UK edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

In the end, though, his comment cost him his job.

A spokesman for Steele’s team told the press: “The Oxford City board have decided to release Lee Steele in view of his recent comment via social media which is considered seriously contrary to the ethos of the club.”

Mike Ford, manager of the Southern Premier League club, said: “On this occasion Lee’s had to pay for his error of judgement… He’s made a homophobic comment, that doesn’t necessarily mean he’s homophobic.”

Um yeah, Mike, it kinda does.

But does the punishment fit the crime here? When Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny tweeted that another player looked like a rapist, he just had to apologize.

We’d like to think Thomas and Steele could settle this privately. (Seriously, have you seen Thomas? He could crush Steele’s head without working up a sweat.)

What do you think—just desserts or overkill? Kick it around in the comments.

Photos: Oxford City Football Club, Code13 Rugby League

On:           Jan 11, 2012
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    • Caliban

      I suspect there are things about this we don’t know. Would they have sacked a star player? I doubt it. So for some reason Steel was considered dispensable before this occurred.

      But I bet he wishes #padlock my pie-hole had been his hash-tag instead.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • christopher di spirito


      Jan 11, 2012 at 2:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alexa

      My English friend tells me Oxford City are a very low level club and the bigot probably has a day job, AND he’s old and at the end of his playing career, so it’s not really a big deal for him to be fired. Top level players like the Arsenal goalkeeper would almost always get a slap on the wrist.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody

      @Alexa: It may not be all that big of a deal for him, but it sends a very clear and unambiguous message to everyone else that this kind of shit is not acceptable.

      And it’s either a very stupid or a very brave man who says anything homophobic to Gareth Thomas.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kenny

      White Homophobia!

      Jan 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Liam

      The fact he has been fired may just be a result of a bigger problem the Football League is facing over here. Alot of high profile clubs are getting in trouble at the moment because of racism. However, Oxford City is a very inkown and very small club. Then again, he is a homophobe, maybe other clubs should follow Oxford’s example.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 4:19 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • BobC562

      Personally, I think the bigger issue for Gareth Thomas is Mickey Rourke playing him in a bio-pic. I shudder at the thought.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • neukenuk

      BobC562.. I second that opinion. I wont be watching it now

      Jan 11, 2012 at 7:44 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe


      Jan 11, 2012 at 8:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • CMObrero

      Thyis sets a precedent. But as some say, not a big deal since Oxford is not a big deal.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tackle

      From what I hear, padlock or no padlock Gareth wouldn’t be remotely interested in this guy. Just not Garets type.

      And thats a nice pic of Gareth.

      Jan 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK

      I’m sure when he comes out of the BB house Gareth will be laughing his arse off at the comments this nobody has said about him!

      Jan 12, 2012 at 12:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • tjr101

      Had this been an athlete in America, he would have issued a lame ass apology through a publicist and still be playing now.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 1:49 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • steve sydney

      How can that pig Gareth would go anywhere near him??

      Jan 12, 2012 at 4:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tommy Shepherd

      Well, neither of them are my cup of tea, but I always find it hilarious how certain “straight” men protest too much and like to imagine that every gay man will want to have sex with them. It’s so Penelope Pitstop. Poor Lee Steele – fantasising about being cooped up in the Big Brother house and sleeping next to Gareth Thomas. How thrilling that must be for him!

      No wonder he wanted to “padlock his arse” – either that’s a new exotic sex term – perhaps like extreme fisting, or it’s because Steele is terrified of unleashing his inner greedy bottom…

      Jan 12, 2012 at 7:14 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Greg

      Lee Steele Looks like a PIG! Pigs only sleep with other pigs!!!!!!!!

      Jan 12, 2012 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981

      IT isn’t about how low or high level a club/team/player is. It is about sending the message that this shit just does not fly. So, to that end, good job, whoever made the decision to can his ass.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 9:21 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mike UK

      unfortunately it does, out of a country of 70 million people i doubt there is more than 10,000 who knew who this guy was until he was on the news a couple of days ago, until it happens to a top flight player then no one is going to give a rats arse!

      Jan 12, 2012 at 10:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • KJM1968

      Maybe his arse is better looking than his face.

      Jan 12, 2012 at 5:04 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark

      This has been covered on uk.eurosport.yahoo.com and the amount of anti-gay comments that people have posted there have sickened me. Seems that homophobia is alive and breeding in the UK – check it out. Lee Steele looks like, and sounds like the average, unintelligent meat-headed knuckle-dragger that we have to suffer here in the UK. Very little education / intelligence here nowadays, and ignorant comments like this are the result. He thinks that anti-gay comments make him more “manly” I suppose. I’m sure he wouldn’t dare say anything to Thomas’s face (!)

      Jan 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
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